Hitchcock as a Boy
then, he suspected there was always something
atone for. In the old tales,
harpies would peck out the eyes
those who had trespassed.
night his father let the bobbies
him up, he could hear
flapping through the walls.
school, the other children used bright colors;
preferred an inky sheen.
the class recited the names of the monarchs,
stared out the window,
plotting the pattern of their flight,
recess, when the others kicked a ball,
took note of the ominous way they gathered,
the menace in their calls.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Jeff Saperstein has been
teaching English at Radford University in southwestern Virginia
since 1985. Some of his work has appeared in "The Deronda
Review," "The Sow's Ear," "Ibbetson Street Press," and "Chantarelle's